AUSTRALIA’S waters are some of the most dangerous in the world. Ignoring the dangers posed by jellyfish and salt-water crocodiles, the average annual number of “unprovoked” shark attacks more than doubled between 1990-2000 and 2005-2015, to 15Read more
THIS WEEK AT the Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan unveiled the IMx, its newest electric (and autonomous) concept—and baby, it sings. And by “sing,” we mean emit a noise like a demonic string quartet tuning its instruments.Read more
In civil aviation, automation has reduced workload and stress for pilots, while making flying one of the safest ways to travel. Can these safety lessons apply to autonomous cars – especially with regard to how we as drivers will interact with them? We spoke to a human factors expert to get answers.Read more
EVERYONE KNOWS THAT distracted driving is a problem, but it tends to fall in the “other people/not me” category of personal risk assessment among drivers.Read more
Australians at beaches across the country could soon have a technology designed to keep them safe from sharks.Read more
The UK is planning to make amateur drone pilots sit a flight safety test in response to the rising number of near-misses with aircraft.
The flight test will be part of an overall package of regulation to be presented to parliament in the coming months.Read more
The UK government has announced plans to introduce drone registration and safety awareness courses for owners. It will affect anyone who owns a drone which weighs more than 250 grams (8oz).
Drone maker DJI said it was in favour of the measures.Read more
Police in Northern Ireland are using drones to patrol the nest sites of protected birds of prey. They have been used to monitor areas where the birds are being persecuted.Read more
The enemy drone whined in the distance. The Interceptor, a drone-hunting machine from Silicon Valley startup Airspace Systems, slinked off its launch pad and dashed away in hot pursuit.Read more
A police report appears to support the claim that Uber was not to blame for a recent crash of its self-driving car in Tempe, Arizona. But the incident raises serious questions about what rules the startup’s engineers are putting into the car’s software.Read more
A self-driving Uber car was involved in a high-speed crash in Tempe, Arizona yesterday. No one was seriously injured, and the Volvo XC90 SUV, which was driving itself at the time, had the right of way and bears no blame, according to police.
“We are continuing to look into this incident and can confirm we had no backseat passengers in the vehicle,” says Uber spokesperson Chelsea Kohler.Read more